Top 10 innovations from Agritechnica
Agritechnica is the largest farm show in the world with more than 400,000 farmers in attendance. The innovations at the event provide a glimpse into what the future of farming will look like, and here are some to look out for.
Automating agriculture. It’s a theme that resonates with European farmers as they struggle to find ways to keep labor costs down. It’s also why the Dutch Power Company is introducing Greenbot – the first driverless machine – to the ag industry.
2. Fendt E-Hay Rake
Traditionally, the rotors on rotary rakes are powered mechanically, hydraulically, or by the driveshaft. For the first time, Fendt is experimenting with an electric-driven rotary rake. An electric generator on the tractor powers four torque engines on each rotor, so the e-rake can be driven independently from the engine or tractor speed.
3. Amazone AmaSpot
This intelligent sensor-nozzle system detects green plants against the soil, allowing it to apply a precise application that can reduce rates from 20% to 80%. Using advanced infrared sensors, an ultra-fast pulse width modulation, and bespoke low-drift nozzles, the system is able to detect green plants down to an accuracy of 1cm2.
4. John Deere Connected Nutrient Management
Developed in conjunction with Land Data Eurosoft, Vista, Rauch, and Sulky, John Deere’s new Connected Nutrient Management provides a holistic view from harvest to harvest about how much fertilizer you need, depending on the type of fertilizer you are applying.
5. Fendt Vario 1050
The Fendt Vario 1050 won the Agritechnica award for 2016 tractor of the year. This fixed-frame tractor cranks out 500bhp. and offers many benefits over an articulated tractor, including driving comfort, top speed of 37mph, and a lower weight at 28,000lb.
6. Deutz-Fahr Driver Extended Eyes
Using a series of cameras, the Deutz-Fahr Driver Extended Eyes gives you a 360° view around your machine, including a bird’s-eye view. This innovation is a big bonus to operators from a safety and productivity standpoint. The Driver Extended Eyes are already in use on Fendt X/P combines and John Deere tractors.
7. Claas Automatic Crop Flow Monitoring
This new system for Lexion combines watches the rotational speeds on the engine, the APS threshing mechanism, and the Roto Plus residual grain separation. The machine will alert you if it’s being run too hard, which allows you to push the combine close to its limit to maximize harvest efficiency.
8. Geoprospectors Topsoil Mapper
This soil mapping tool can be mounted on the front hitch of any tractor while you are performing another task, such as tillage, in the field. While you are driving, the system maps soil parameters, such as compaction, water saturation, and soil composition.
9. Lemken Auto Calibrating Drill
The highlight of Lemken’s new Solitair drill is an automated calibration process. To start the calibration, you enter a few key parameters, including the thousand-seed grain weight, seeding rate, and maximum working speed. Then seeds are moved via a blower fan to a weighing unit in the machine’s hopper.
10. Mitas AirCell
In the European market, most farmers use air tire inflation systems on their tractors to deflate the air in the field and pump it back up when traveling on the road. A common complaint about the system is that the engine must be running at high rpm while the tractor isn’t moving to inflate the tires. This is no longer the case with AirCell – an inner tire that fits within the traditional tire and allows for rapid inflation.